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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


Course organiser: Dr Julian Hibberd (Dept. Plant Sciences,


Physiology is the study of organ systems and how they help the body to deal with challenges. Our course, Physiology of Organisms, looks at and compares animal, plant and microbial physiology. It occupies an important central position within Cambridge's first-year biology courses, providing a wider functional context for the material covered in Biology of Cells while underpinning the broader material covered in Evolution & Behaviour. Physiology forms the foundation for future specialization in fields including neurobiology, pathology and pharmacology - the medical sciences - but our comparative course is also very relevant to zoology and plant sciences, and will be of interest to anyone curious about how living organisms function.

Physiology is a broad and intellectually demanding subject. Over the course of the year you will be asked to consider the latest advances in cell biology and genetics, to use simple maths and physics to model biological systems and to design and control your own experiments to test hypotheses in our exciting practical classes. Our course does not assume knowledge of any particular A2-level course, but some background in biology, chemistry and physics will be useful.

We very much hope that you will choose to read Physiology of Organisms, and that you will enjoy this year's lectures and classes. We believe that at the end of the year you will have found our course to have been not just interesting but also very useful for your future career directions!

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